en·​camp·​ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt How to pronounce encampment (audio) , en-\

Definition of encampment

1a : the place where a group (such as a body of troops) is encamped
b : the individuals that make up an encampment
2 : the act of encamping : the state of being encamped

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Synonyms for encampment


bivouac, camp, campground, campsite, hutment

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Examples of encampment in a Sentence

a recreational area that will serve as this year's encampment for the Scouts' jamboree

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But, while city statistics show far fewer large tent encampments and increased shelter beds, scores of homeless and mentally ill people still sleep on San Francisco’s streets every day. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "With few opponents in sight, Breed files to run for re-election," 5 June 2019 About three-quarters of the homeless people counted were living outdoors, fueling concerns of a growing public health crisis with piles of garbage and rats near homeless encampments lining downtown sidewalks. Washington Post, "Homelessness rises 12% in Los Angeles County, study finds," 4 June 2019 That might seem like a dangerous move to pull within the Shogun's own encampment, but don't worry! Sandra Upson, WIRED, "Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive," 21 May 2018 The protests quickly spread, with encampments outside of ICE offices across the country. Natascha Uhlmann, Teen Vogue, "How Activists Can Fight Back Against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," 13 May 2019 Her family’s farmhouse was just a stone’s throw away from the demining camps and was once wedged in between the army and the guerrillas’ encampments. Megan Janetsky, Teen Vogue, "Meet the Women Who Detonate Land Mines in Colombia’s Former War Zones," 24 Apr. 2019 The recent snowstorms underscored the depth of Seattle’s homeless crisis, as at least one person died from exposure and the city’s street-encampment outreach team transported more than 150 people into shelters. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "State of the City: Durkan praises Seattle snow response, touts free ORCA passes," 20 Feb. 2019 But the close interaction between encampment residents and businesses and homeowners is especially intimate and confrontational in the industrial zone east of USC and in a residential area along Grand Avenue not far away. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: How Garcetti picked his police chief," 11 June 2018 Some attributed that to the new tent shelters and the city’s more aggressive enforcement against sidewalk encampments. Michael Smolens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Hepatitis crisis has subsided, dispute over who's to blame hasn't," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of encampment

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of encampment was in 1598

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en·​camp·​ment | \ in-ˈkamp-mənt How to pronounce encampment (audio) \

Kids Definition of encampment

1 : the act of making a camp

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